Every year, millions of students head off to college. And EVERY year, millions of students struggle while navigating the social, emotional, physical, financial, & academic transitions ahead. MOST STUDENTS NEVER SEE IT COMING. MOST PARENTS DON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP.
That’s why I created Best First Year, an online program to help students and their parents navigate all the big changes ahead.
I’m Harlan Cohen and I’m a New York Times bestselling author and syndicated advice columnist who help students and parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable. I had a horrible first year in college. I never saw it coming. I was a successful student in high school who was “college ready.” But I wasn’t prepared for what was next. Once on campus, I struggled to find my people and places. I got impatient. I didn’t know how to create a life for myself. Eventually, I transferred. I soon realized that I wasn’t alone. Over the past 20 years, I’ve written books on college life, spoken on over 400 college campuses, and helped millions of students, parents, and educators ease anxiety and simplify life in college. I’m grateful to be in your corner.
MY BOOKS: The Naked Roommate is the #1 book on college life (800,000+ copies in print). It’s used as a textbook in high school and college classrooms around the world. The Naked Roommate for Parents Only is the go-to-book for parents and is recommended by top institutions. The Naked Roommate’s First Year Survival Workbook is filled with exercises and activities to help students navigate change.
FREE EVENT: FOR COLLEGE PARENTS
> WATCH NOW: 5 Simple Rules For College Parents
EVENT | 17 Things You NEED to Do Before Going to College
EVENT | 7 MONEY MUST DOs for College Students & Parents
EVENT | Dream It, Believe It, Make It Happen in College
EVENT | College After Dark (dating, relationships, alcohol, safety)
What’s included with your one year All-Access Pass? Watch ALL events, attend a live online Q&A session with Harlan, get instant access to 50+ video lessons for students & parents, download workbook exercises, and gain access to additional resources. Give as a gift to a college bound grad.
FIRST YEAR FACTS & STATS:
(Source: HERI data and ACHA-NCHA assessment)
COLLEGE LIFE: It’s EVERYTHING they NEVER tell you in high school. Harlan delivers a cheat sheet to help you prepare and plan for everything and anything in college. Students and parents are welcome! > All-Access Pass Required
FINANCES: Harlan’s going to help you save now, spend less, and graduate with no BIG financial surprises. No one likes financial surprises (unless it’s winning the lottery). > All-Access Pass Required
PARENTING: Harlan helps parents know what’s coming and how to be the best partner during the college years. Parents are more involved and need to know more. > WATCH REPLAY
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Harlan talks dating, relationships, hooking up, drinking, drugs, and staying safe on campus. There’s no judgment here, just facts, stats, and tools to help you stay safe. Students and parents are welcome!
> All-Access Pass Required
LEADERSHIP: What’s your college plan? How will you create a new life in a new place surrounded by new people? Harlan delivers a step-by-step approach to help create the BEST first year in college. > All-Access Pass Required
Join Harlan for an exclusive online event in the fall. This Q&A is designed to answer all your questions and concerns. Perfect timing for students and parents with questions.
Get exercises from Harlan’s workbook, a roommate contract, and additional materials to help make the transition and navigate through the surprises along the way. These are the same tools used in college classrooms across the country.
Use theses short video lessons throughout the year to prepare, plan, and navigate life in college.
Sample student video:
Eager, excited, and sometimes anxious students heading to college
Caring and concerned parents who want their kids to be their best
Counselors and educators who work with high school or college students